Restored ‘Howards End’ to Be Released in Theaters

Cohen Media Group will release a 4K restoration of the 1992 romantic drama “Howards End,” which screened at the Cannes Film Festival last month as part of the Cannes Classics program.

Howards End” will open at the Paris Theatre and Film Forum in New York on Aug. 26, and Laemmle’s Royal in Los Angeles on Sept. 2. Cohen Media Group plans to show the film at several of the original theaters that first screened the movie in 1992, before expanding distribution to other markets.

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson, “Howards End” was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant.

The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and earned Thompson a best actress trophy. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala won best adapted screenplay, and Luciana Arrighi and Ian Whittaker nabbed best art direction. It also won the 45th anniversary prize at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.

The restoration, in celebration of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the film’s original release, includes a 4K restoration from the original camera negative and magnetic soundtrack held at the archive of the George Eastman Museum, 5.1 audio track restoration by Audio Mechanics, and color grading by Deluxe Restoration under the supervision of Ivory and cinematographer Tony Pierce‐Roberts. The digital restoration was completed by Cineric Portugal.

Charles S. Cohen acquired the Merchant Ivory Library, which includes 21 films and nine documentaries, with the intention to restore and re-release the collection as part of Cohen Film Collection. “Howards End” will be first film from the Merchant Ivory Library acquisition that has been restored and re-released.

“Howards End” is an adaptation of E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel, a saga of class relations and changing times in Edwardian England in which the interwoven fates and misfortunes of three families and the diverging trajectories of the two sisters’ lives are connected to the ownership of Howards End, a beloved country home.

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